Recently appointed DUP leader, Edwin Poots, resigns amid internal party tensions.
DUP MLA, Paul Givan, and Sinn Féin deputy leader, Michelle O’Neill, are confirmed as Northern Ireland’s new First and deputy First Ministers respectively. Nominated by new DUP leader, Edwin Poots, the appointment of Givan was taken forward despite internal opposition with many DUP representatives unhappy with a decision to agree a compromise whereby the UK government will pass Irish language legislation in October if it is not earlier introduced at Stormont.
UK government make formal request to extend the grace period for preparations for new checks and controls on chilled meat products moving GB-NI due to expire on 30 June.
UK Co-Chair of the Joint Committee, Lord Frost, gives evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.
Arlene Foster calls on NI politicians to “be good neighbours” to each other in her last statement to the Assembly as First Minister.
At the G7 Summit, US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson sign a New Atlantic Charter and issue a joint statement setting out shared priorities including a ‘commitment to Northern Ireland’ . This comes after it emerged the US had issued a démarche – formal diplomatic reprimand – to the UK government over its position on the Protocol.
In separate statements following the sevent meeting of the EU-UK Joint Committee meeting, UK Co-Chair Lord Frost and EU Co-Chair Maroš Šefčovič both reiterate commitment to the 1998 Agreement but make clear there remain disagreements over the Protocol.
European Commission publish examples of flexibilities identified to ensure implementation of the Protocol and a comparison of checks required on third country goods.
Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister and DUP leader Edwin Poots announces an extension to a delay on the introduction of checks on pets travelling GB-NI required under the Protocol.
European Council conclusions state the Withdrawal Agreement, including its Protocols, and the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, “should be fully and effectively implemented and their governance structures made operational".
DUP leader Edwin Poots describes the Protocol as “undeliverable” and indicates he may order officials to halt checks on goods entering NI from GB.
Representatives of the Loyalist Communities Council give evidence to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee during the session, 19-year-old loyalist generates some alarm claiming that “he would not rule [violence] off the table” when it comes to resisting the Protocol.
Irish Central Statistics Office figures show 44% increase in exports from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland and 22% increase in Republic of Ireland exports to Northern Ireland in the first quarter of 2021.
Doug Beattie is elected as the new leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.
UK Co-Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee, Lord Frost says the Protocol "cannot be sustained for long” if it "operates so as to damage the political, social, or economic fabric of life" in Northern Ireland.
Edwin Poots is elected as new DUP leader.
Prime Minister and Taoiseach meet at Chequers to discuss the future of British-Irish relations and reiterate support for the 1998 Agreement. High Court in Belfast hears arguments against the Protocol in legal challenge brought by cross-party group of Unionist politicians.
Steve Aiken announces his resignation as leader of the Ulster Unionist Party.
Unionist leaders write to the UK Prime Minister, the Taoiseach, the US President and European Commission Vice-President expressing concern about the Protocol.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis and Ireland's Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney meet in Dublin. In a joint statement they commit to convening the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference in June.